How Rossi prepares for the NHL – Vorarlberger Nachrichten

Rankweil Second attempt by Marco Rossi for a place on the Minnesota Wild team in the National Hockey League. The 19-year-old Rankweiler is trying to get started in the NHL after a season that was stopped early because of the Covid 19 disease.
United Airlines Flight 053 today brings Rossi to Washington first, then on to St. Paul. Three full ice hockey bags are the luggage, at the former Austrian NHL start Thomas Vanek, the Rankweiler left a lot of personal equipment from the aborted game year. In any case, Rossi plans to stay in Minnesota longer. “On Monday it will start at full throttle on the ice.” With ten players from the current Wild Squad, Marco will do his first practice units in the Tria-Rink in St. Paul. The rookie camp is on the program from September 14th, and the first squad of the NHL team will train together for the first time on the 23rd. “The rookie camp will be a battle,” the center forward, drafted as number nine by the Wild, lines up at the NHL buffet. “Because of the corona pandemic, the training camps were reduced to 20 to 25 players. There is rarely such a chance to get into an NHL organization. Coach Evason wants to give three young players the chance. ”Test matches against St. Louis, Colorado and Chicago are scheduled at home and away. The first championship game will take place in Anaheim on October 15th. The highlight of the season will be the NHL Winter Classic 2022 between St. Louis and Minnesota on January 1, 2022 at Target Field, home of the MLB club Minnesota Twins, in Minneapolis.

“From It got better game after game. I was surprised how well things went for the team. “

Marco Rossi about the tournament in Bratislava

On board with the Wild is Kevin Fiala from Uzwil, whose contract was recently extended. Another German-speaking crack is in the squad with Nico Sturm from Augsburg. Without Rossi and the Russian offensive artist Kirill Kaprizov, who scored 51 points (27 goals) last season and is still playing for a new five-year contract, coach Dean Evason currently includes eleven strikers.
Rossi recovered from working with the Austrian national team in the Olympic qualification and kept fit with strength training. After an eight-month break, the Ländle crack succeeded in making a very good return to active action alongside Dominic Zwerger and Brian Lebler. “I haven’t had any match practice for a long time. I was surprised at how well things were going against Slovakia. The 1: 2 was a strong performance. The chemistry was right, it got better from game to game, it was overall very positive. “

“Marco played in Switzerland and at the Junior World Championships. He trains with body and soul and has not forgotten how ice hockey is played. It’s like cycling, you don’t forget it. “

Bull Guerin, Manager Minnesota Wild

Today Rossi will be picked up by Vanek at St. Paul Airport. He will stay with the former goalscorer for the next few weeks. Then it should be clarified whether he made the cut for the NHL squad. A short engagement with the farm team, the Iowa Wild in Des Moines, is also possible in order to internalize the rhythm of the game. At the AHL club, Nate DiCasmirro is co-trainer, with whom Rossi worked on the ice in Telfs in the summer. “Everyone has to earn their place,” said manager Bull Guerin in an interview with the local broadcaster KFAN that there will be no free places. “We want to advance the young players, that also increases the pressure on the established ones.” When asked about Rossi and a possible deficit in match practice, Guerin said: “Marco played in Switzerland and at the Junior World Championships. He trains with body and soul and has not forgotten how ice hockey is played. It’s like cycling, you don’t forget it. “

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